Attention all Melbourne Francophiles! Have you heard the exciting news? Former South Yarra resident Entrecôte has moved! Having built its reputation as the bastion of all things deliciously French and frilly south of the River while occupying the Victorian terrace which once housed the legendary Lynch’s, at 131-133 Domain Road, the bistro-style restaurant has relocated. Interestingly, the initial lease to occupy the Domain Road location was a modest one year in duration; however, one year turned into seven and now the building’s owners wish to reclaim the terrace as a family home. As a result, owner Jason M. Jones – of The Stables of Como and Friends of Mine fame – and his team are experiencing a renaissance beginning with a new Greville Street location.

Jones intends to impart a “Parisian in Prahran” touch to the thriving and stylish precinct while trading from the former Toko site. In stark contrast to its South Yarra beginnings, Jones has secured a 20-year lease in a strip which he believes possesses the ideal European vibration thanks to a core of surrounding venues celebrating a similar spirit – primarily Ladro, Rufus and Angus and Bon. He envisions an experience of spontaneity and wants “people to stumble across Entrecôte slap bang in the middle of Greville Village and think they could have walked straight into the heart of St Germain or The Marais”. The new space, re-imagined by designer-husband Brahman Perera, is equipped with a 440m² footprint and a 200-diner capacity. Wooden panels, imported French fireplaces and all of the familiar decorative accoutrements – think vintage light fittings, potted palms and swathes of burgundy velvet – will feature. Additionally, live jazz sessions are set to become a regular feature, as are French DJs spinning vinyl for the Friday evening set. This is to say expect the hustle and bustle and frenetic energy for which Parisian bistro culture is known. For those who prefer to entertain discreetly, a private “apartment” will be available for group bookings, as well.

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Concept-wise, Entrecôte is inspired by the founding principle of the original Le Relais de l’Entrecôte, the world-famous one-dish steakhouse that opened its doors in 1959 in Port-Maillot, Paris. As such, its brief is simple and straightforward: grilled grass-fed Cape Grim Black Angus porterhouse with secret house herb butter sauce, green salad dressed with a no-frills vinaigrette and bottomless pommes frites, or fries. This is not to say, however, that the Entrecôte menu is limited. Au contraire! “Service continu”, or continual service, is available daily from 7am till late and encompasses breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon drinks, dinner and supper. Start your day with a classic French breakfast of pain au chocolat, croissant or fresh baguette accompanied by Bonne Maman jam or By Josephine salted butter caramel. For something a bit more hearty, try the golden folded eggs served with French chèvre, soft herbs and grain toast or the big breakfast equivalent, Le Fermier Français: Cape Grim minute steak, house beef sausage, smoked bacon, fried eggs, buttered mushrooms, tomato relish and grain toast. Of course, if you are feeling bold – i.e., feeling French – wash the first meal of day down with a coupe of Mumm champagne. You may just discover a new daily ritual.

Both lunch and dinner consist of either a 2- or 3-course prix fixe menu. The Menu Rapide and Menu Gourmand are equally available for lunch, whereas the Menu Gourmand is exclusively available for dinner. Selections from these menus may include cold-smoked king salmon, pickled cucumber, crème fraîche and baguette wafers; crisp-skin barramundi, pommes écrasées, lemon parsley and caper beurre noisette; beef tartare served traditionally with cornichon, egg yolk, sauce épicée, mustard leaf and smoked tomato potato crisps; and Poulet Heureux, or “Happy Chicken”, consisting of a slow-poached breast, charred cabbage, petit onions and a Dijon mustard cream sauce. It goes without saying that a generous offering of desserts and cheeses is also available. The wine list is predictably predominantly French with a small selection of local vintners, as well. It is recommended you book now for Entrecôte’s grand re-opening on November 5. 142-144 Greville Street awaits your arrival.

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